Yoga may lessen prostate cancer side effects for men undergoing radiation therapy.
Dr. Neha Vapiwala of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine recently presented their findings at the Society of Integrative Oncology’s 12th International Conference in Boston.
Yoga is a mind body practice that teaches asanas (postures) breathing and meditation.
Dr. Vapiwala and her team find yoga may offer significant benefits for men with prostate cancer.
Yoga May Lessen Prostate Cancer Side Effects
Yoga may benefit men who are undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer, according to a small study.
Many such patients experience side effects, including fatigue, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and a decline in their quality of life, the researchers said.
The new study included 27 men who attended 75-minute yoga classes twice a week. These patients saw their quality of life and side effects remain stable throughout their radiation treatment.
“Data have consistently shown declines in these important measures among prostate cancer patients undergoing cancer therapy without any structured fitness interventions, so the stable scores seen with our yoga program are really good news,” Dr. Neha Vapiwala, an associate professor in the radiation oncology department of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said in a university news release.
Yoga may help reduce cancer- and treatment-related fatigue, the study authors suggested.
Intensive Yoga Programs Can Help Men With Prostate Cancer Cope With Side Effects Of Radiation Therapy
The ancient art of yoga has proven beneficial in different aspects: It helps build stronger, more flexible muscles; it provides cardiovascular fitness through controlled breathing; it’s helped jailed fathers become better dads; and it can fight off depression and anxiety.
A recent study has found another benefit: It can ease the side effects of treatment for prostate cancer.
Reporting at the Society of Integrative Oncology’s 12th International Conference, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) at the University of Pennsylvania found that men who were undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer could benefit from yoga.
Specifically, they found an intensive yoga program helped men deal with the side effects of the therapy — fatigue, sexual health, and urinary incontinence — as well as managing the day-to-day aspects of having cancer.